The Lawrence Report: Five officers who bear the main share of the blame

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DETECTIVE INSPECTOR BEN BULLOCK: The second-in-command of the Lawrence case faces seven charges of neglect. The Police Complaints Authority say he displayed "considerable indifference" when an informer named five youths a day after the murder, and failed to call in the witness protection team when informants were threatened.

DETECTIVE SUPERINTENDENT BRIAN WEEDON: Headed the investigation for 18 months until he retired from the force in 1994. Only met the Lawrence family a year after the murder. Accused by the PCA of neglect of duties, Det Supt Weedon said that he never arrested any of the suspects because he was playing a `waiting game'.

DETECTIVE CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT RODERICK BARKER: Former head of he Flying Squad who wrote the internal police review of the investigation. Did not include criticism in the report because it would have `damaged morale'. Sir William Macpherson said his report was `indefensible'. Accused by PCA of neglect of duty but retired in October 1997.

DETECTIVE CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT WILLIAM ILSLEY: A senior investigating officer. Criticised during the inquiry as unprofessional. He made his name handling gangland killings and high-profile cases and retired in March 1995. His sensitivity was questioned after Mrs Lawrence claimed he snubbed her attempts to tell him the names of the five suspects.

DETECTIVE SUPERINTENDENT IAN CRAMPTON: He was the man in charge of the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation for the first 72 hours. He was severely criticised during the inquiry and he eventually admitted that "with hindsight" he should have arrested the five suspects much earlier. He retired in July 1995.